The results showed the following:
- both groups showed increased scores in GMFM-66 at 3 months
- at 6 months retention was significantly better in the motor learning group level II children
- stair climbing also showed improved retention after 6 months in the motor learning group (increased by 1.1% compared to a decreased of 0.3% in the NDT group)
- mobility improved by 13% for the motor learning coaching group and decreased by 12% with the NDT group
The researchers concluded that motor learning coaching resulted in significantly better results in gross motor function and mobility for higher level functioning children with cerebral palsy.
Reference: Simona Bar-Haim et. al. Effectiveness of motor learning coaching in children with cerebral palsy: a randomized controlled trial Clin Rehabil November 2010 vol. 24 no. 11 1009-1020